Protesters crash Montreal's 375th anniversary festivities

It wouldn't be Montreal's birthday without a few #ManifEnCours!

A few dozen protesters gathered outside of City Hall on Wednesday afternoon to protest what they call "substandard living conditions" for Montreal's tenants.

"We believe that all tenant households have the right to live in housing that's in decent condition, and that the City is not living up to its responsibility to provide quality housing for all," the Regroupement des Comitées Logement et Associations de Locataires du Québec says.

"We're constantly being told as housing groups that there isn't enough money," said Claire Abraham, a community organizer with Project Genesis. "And so that's why we're here today, because we see that there is enough money, and it's just a question of how [Denis] Coderre chooses to prioritize it."

In addition to the tenants' rights protest, KARA Kebek's Animal Rights Association will demonstrate outside City Hall at 5:30 PM before making their way towards the Bell Centre.

Montreal's police brotherhood union will gather at police headquarters in the Plateau early this evening, and march towards City Hall in time for the Jacques Cartier Bridge lighting ceremony.